Issue of August 4, 2019
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Kennon closed to residents, non-residents due to landslide
by Redjie Melvic Cawis / PIA

The Cordillera Regional Disaster Risk and Reduction Management Council (CRDRRMC) Task Force Kennon Road reiterated that Kennon Road remains closed to residents and non-residents following landslide and rock fall over the weekend.

Engr. Ruth Duyo of the Department of Public Works and Highways-Cordillera said the landslide area, particularly along Barangay Camp 6, Sitio Camp 5, is about 50 meters wide. It covered and blocked the road and affected some houses.

One lane was punched open but the soil above the road remains unstable and is posing threat to motorists and passersby as rainfall or ground movement may trigger more landslides.

At the moment, soil continues to flow from the affected area and road clearing cannot be fully conducted.

Office of Civil Defense-Cordillera Chief Disaster Risk Reduction Management Officer Edgardo Ollet said the closure of the road is for everyone’s safety.

“To ensure that no lives or properties would be lost, there is a need to close Kennon Road,” he said.

Residents in the lower areas of Camp 4 down to Camp 1 going to Baguio City are advised to use Marcos Highway.

Kennon Road was opened only to residents in the past months until the recent closure.

The CRDRRMC also recommended for the Department of Social Welfare and Development-Cordillera and the Tuba local government unit to coordinate with the barangay officials in the area for possible pre-emptive evacuation of the affected residents along the highway and even at the top of the mountainside to ensure their safety.

CRDRRMC Task Force Kennon Road said the highway will remain closed and should be strictly followed by concerned stakeholders to ensure safety of motorists and residents.

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